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Disabled Briton to tricycle round Australia for charity

A Briton with cerebral palsy and epilepsy is to embark on a 10 month tricycle trip round Australia to raise money for charity. Conrad Evans, from Aylesbury, will set off on the 9,300 mile journey from Sydney Opera House on Sunday. Without the help of a support crew, Mr Evans will haul all his supplies -food, water, clothes, tent and sleeping bag - on the gruelling journey.

Speaking in Sydney, he said the ride will present many challenges, including loneliness and huge distances, but the soaring temperatures of the Outback will be his biggest enemy. "The biggest thing is acclimatising to the heat, I'm coming from an English winter to an Australian summer. It's quite a big shock," he said. Temperatures in some parts of the Outback can approach 50 C (122 F) during Australian summers - which will not hit the 28-year-old until near the end of his marathon. Mr Evans is making the trip to raise funds for the medical research charity Action Research. He said he hopes to average about 1,000 miles a month. "That's fairly comfortable mileage," he said. In 1999, Mr Evans rode across the United States from west to east. He said cerebral palsy, which affects the central nervous system, left him with limited use of his right hand and impaired mobility in his right leg, preventing him from riding a bicycle. But he only sees that as another challenge to overcome. "I don't really see it as a big problem," Mr Evans said. "I have had it since birth you just take it as it comes and find ways around all the problems."

Story filed: 10:26 Thursday 14th March 2002

This is a brief extract of an article that appeared in the Australian Daily Telegraph. I have been unable to get the full text.
The Daily Telegraph
FRI 15 MAR 2002
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Tricycle rider in solo ordeal
A BRITISH man with epilepsy and cerebral palsy is set to embark on an amazing solo journey around Australia. On Sunday Conrad Evans will leave Sydney on his tricycle to start a 15,000km ride which will see him confront his fear of snakes, spiders, cr...
 

 

 

 

Article from Accessibility.co.au on March 14, 2002
http://www.accessibility.com.au/news/regional/Oz_Trike.htm

Briton Trikes Round Oz For Charity

A Briton with cerebral palsy and epilepsy is to embark on a 10 month tricycle trip round Australia to raise money for charity.  Conrad Evans, from Aylesbury, will set off on the 14,900k (9,300 mile) journey from Sydney Opera House on Sunday.  Without the help of a support crew, Mr Evans will haul all his supplies - food, water, clothes, tent and sleeping bag - on the gruelling journey.

Speaking in Sydney, he said the ride will present many challenges, including loneliness and huge distances, but the soaring temperatures of the Outback will be his biggest enemy.   "The biggest thing is acclimatising to the heat, I'm coming from an English winter to an Australian summer. It's quite a big shock," he said.
Temperatures in some parts of the Outback can approach 50 C (122 F) during Australian summers - which will not hit the 28-year-old until near the end of his marathon.

Mr Evans is making the trip to raise funds for the medical research charity Action Research. He said he hopes to average about 1,600 kilometres a month.  "That's fairly comfortable mileage," he said. In 1999, Mr Evans rode across the United States from west to east.

He said cerebral palsy, which affects the central nervous system, left him with limited use of his right hand and impaired mobility in his right leg, preventing him from riding a bicycle. But he only sees that as another challenge to overcome.  "I don't really see it as a big problem," Mr Evans said. "I have had it since birth you just take it as it comes and find ways around all the problems."

14-Mar-02